Tour Day Nine: Sunday, April 29, 2001
And Moving Along
A New Bridge For Chongqing
Navigating The Yangtze Is Not For Beginners.
Look through the haze and see the pagoda at the top of the hill. We didn't see any elevation markers along here, but there's a good chance that may be submerged when the lake impounded by the Three Gorges Dam fills.
The Yangtze winds 3900 miles through central China with its beginnings in the glaciers of Tibet. It goes by several names. In Tibet it is known as the River to Heaven, then it becomes the River of Golden Sands. For the last 2000 miles as it wends its way east to an estuary near Shanghai, it is known as the Long River.
This great river has been the cradle of civilization for over five thousand years!
Recent anthropoligal finds date the occupation of this region one-million years earlier than they previously thought. They have found a human fossil that dates as early as the earliest remains they have found in Africa!
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